Obsessive–Compulsive Personality Traits in Youth with Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder

Jennifer M. Park, Eric A. Storch, Anthony Pinto, Adam B. Lewin

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While interest in the relationship between obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and obsessive compulsive personality disorder has increased, there are currently no studies that have examined the presence of obsessive compulsive personality traits (OCPTs) in youth. The current study sought to determine the latent factors and psychometric properties of a modified version of the Childhood Retrospective Perfectionism Questionnaire (CHIRP) and examine the correlates of specific OCPTs (e.g., rigidity, perfectionism) in youth with OCD. Participants included 96 treatment-seeking youth diagnosed with primary OCD (and a parent). Parents and youth completed measures of OCPTs, OCD severity, depression, and disability. A confirmatory factor analysis of the modified CHIRP resulted in a two-factor model: perfectionism and preoccupation with details. The CHIRP and its subscales demonstrated acceptable internal consistency and preliminary evidence for convergent and divergent validity. Obsessive compulsive traits in youth were also found to be associated with the checking, symmetry and contamination symptom dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-290
Number of pages10
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Obsessive compulsive personality disorder
  • Perfectionism
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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